AFL Round 19 – What Did We Learn?

North Melbourne’s win should be enough to secure finals

It was a crucial match for North Melbourne as they took on St Kilda at Ethiad Stadium who were 2 games behind them. They were able to overcome St Kilda’s great form and win by 23 points which puts them 3 games clear in the top 8 with 4 games remaining.

Despite games against fellow top 8 teams in the next 4 weeks, North should do enough to keep their place in the finals and maybe surprise a few team like they did the past couple finals campaigns.


Arguably, Sydney has the best midfield in the competition

It was a dominant display by Sydney as they defeated Fremantle in Perth by 90 points. The win was set up by their midfield who dominated the game which was led by Josh Kennedy who had 45 disposal and 3 goals. Dan Hannebery had 41 disposals and 1 goal. Luke Parker had 28 disposals and 1 goal. Tom Mitchell kicked 3 goals in 10 minute and also collected 26 disposals in which was a field day for their midfielders.

They have so many stars in their midfield that can win the ball inside and use the footy outside. Arguably, they have the best midfield in the competition and this will be used as a weapon for the Swans as they head towards the finals.


Carlton can match it with the best teams

Carlton pushed top placed Hawthorn down at Aurora Stadium but went down by 19 points. They were able to match Hawthorn for the majority of the game and had chances to win the game. However, they kicked 7.13 which will never win a game, especially against Hawthorn.

This is the third top 8 team they have fought well against. They nearly came back to beat West Coast and came agonisingly close to Sydney at the SCG. This is a sign that Carlton are improving under coach, Brendan Bolton and with St Kilda at the MCG this weekend, this is their chance to now beat a team that has been in good form recently and record a victory that they need to celebrate Andrew Walker’s final game for Carlton.


Jack Watts was the match winner in their win

There had been plenty of criticism over Melbourne’s Jack Watts since he made his debut in 2009. With the pressure of being the number 1 pick, he has not been able to deliver consistently. However, this season, he has been fantastic and has shown more consistency in his game and starting to show glimpse of why Melbourne picked him at number 1.

He was the match winner against Gold Coast as he kicked the winning goal in the last 2 minutes and then took a match saving mark to give Melbourne a 2 point victory. It is great to see Watts playing well and he will be looking to continue that form when they take on Hawthorn at the MCG.



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